Should I go to court or pay a first offense speeding ticket in Shelby County?

Should I go to court or pay a first offense speeding ticket in Shelby County? I received my first offense — speeding ticket, 15 mph on the interstate from TN Highway Patrol — a few months back. The ticket was in the Shelby County TN district, and the issuing officer said I would be able to attend court and likely do a defensive drivers course to have it removed. However, I go to school in Knoxville, 5 hours away, and the court date is on a Tuesday. I’ve been debating the merits of paying the ticket or driving the distance to attend court and I’m seeking some help. 1) As… Read More

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